A report by the UN and the World Bank has confirmed that the global maternal death rate has reduced, but only nine countries have achieved their targets set out by the UN.
The report, published in The Lancet, states that the global maternal death rate fell by 44% since 1990.
In 2015, 303,000 women died due to complications during pregnancy or up to six weeks after giving birth.
While the rate has reduced over the years, the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) says that it is “shameful” only nine countries achieved to meet the Millennium Development Goals outlined by the UN.
“Any moves towards meeting the targets should be celebrated, and I congratulate those countries making real efforts to tackle this and urge them to do even more.
“It appears however, that far too many countries are not making the progress they should. These are not simply percentages on a spread sheet, these are women dying unnecessarily, and millions of children living without their mothers because of the lack of action by the people in power. There are too many politicians in too many countries not taking this issue as seriously as they should, and that is shameful,” Director for England at the RCM, Jacque Gerrard said.
In a bid to lower the global mortality rate, the RCM has completed a three-year twinning midwifery project in Nepal, Cambodia and Uganda, and is now in its first year of a 20-month project to help improve midwifery education.
Following the report, the UN has now set a goal of reducing the mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births by 2030.
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